Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences

Notice: The information on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect official degree requirements, which can change. Students should refer to the degree requirements for their matriculation term in the official College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin, and consult with the academic advisor.

For more information contact the Undergraduate Acadamic Advisor for Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

BS in Atmospheric Sciences

A minimum of 30 hours in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, including

  1. One formal 100-level course in the Earth Sciences (appropriate courses include; EAS E122 or EAS E131)
  2. EAS E225, EAS E221 or EAS E222 plus one additional formal non-atmospheric science course in Earth Sciences above the 100-level.
  3. EAS E340 plus at least 15 additional credit hours in atmospheric science courses (including at least 6 credit hours at the 400-level, appropriate courses include; EAS A339, EAS A347, EAS A364, EAS A434, EAS A437, EAS A438, EAS A456, EAS A466, EAS A470, EAS A474, EAS E476)
  4. Mathematics M211 and M212
  5. Physics P221 and P222
  6. Chemistry C117/127 (lecture C117 (3 cr) and lab (C127 (2 cr))
  7. Two additional courses at the 300 or 400 level intended for science majors, selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics or Mathematics
Certificate in Atmospheric Science


The Certificate in Atmospheric Science provides a broad and rigorous introduction to the atmospheric sciences, allowing students to study variability in and changes to the modern atmosphere. Coursework within the atmospheric sciences helps students to better understand atmospheric processes and their impacts on natural ecosystems and human society through the study of such topics as air pollution, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate variations, the water cycle, weather forecasting, and wind energy. The certificate also emphasizes the development of skills in scientific programming, meteorological instrumentation, and statistics. Requirements

As part of completing a bachelor’s degree and in addition to completing the requirements for a major in another department, students may earn a certificate in Atmospheric Science. The certificate requires a minimum of 24 credit hours (i.e., 8 courses) in atmospheric science courses. Any course taken to satisfy the requirements of the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C, and the GPA of all courses taken in the certificate must exceed 2.700. In fulfilling these requirements, students must meet all other College requirements for certificates.

  1. Basic foundation courses (Both are required): EAS E122 and EAS E340.
  2. Remaining credits to be chosen from EAS A339, EAS A347, EAS A364, EAS A434, EAS A437, EAS A438, EAS E448, EAS A470, EAS E476, EAS X498, PHYS P310, and SPEA E451.

Note: A transcriptable concentration in Atmospheric Science is available to students pursuing a B.S. in Geological Sciences. The Certificate in Atmospheric Science is not available to students who are pursuing a B.A. major in Geological Sciences.

Undergraduate Advisors

For forms and additional information about undergraduate study in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University, please contact:

  1. Kaj Johnson, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies,, 812–855–3612
  2. Bruce Douglas, Senior Lecturer and Director of the IU Geologic Field Station, 812–855–3848
  3. Undergraduate Academic Advisor 812–855–2391.
    HOURS by appointment. Current students can make appointments at Appointment Scheduler. Prospective students should send an email to the Advisor.